Police are investigating the attack on two women at San Francisco’s Gay Pride celebration last week as a hate crime.
The lesbian couple spoke to KTVU News about the ordeal, which they say began as they were returning from a Gay Pride event.
A group of men approached the pair — who did not want their last names revealed — as they walked on Ninth Street.
“This group of guys were in front of us, and they used an anti-gay slur,” Jennifer said. The group of five to six men then allegedly attacked the couple.
“I got kicked at least 10 times that I could count,” Jennifer said. “Then I held my head and crawled up into a little ball and tried to protect my face.”
Her partner, Jakki, said “I saw a guy kick her so hard in the head it reminded me of a football player kicking off the ball.”
Doctors said that Jennifer suffered a concussion during the attack. Jakki, who rushed to protect her partner, had her wrist fractured in the attack.
Jakki said that she asked her attackers “Why is this happening?”
They allegedly responded, “This is because you’re gay.”
Detectives were unable to find surveillance video of the attack, but said that they had spoken to witnesses — including the good Samaritan whose intervention caused the attackers to flee — and that they are currently tracking down leads.
Watch a report on the attack and an interview with the victims via KTVU below.